Wisconsin Manchego cheese
Wisconsin Manchego cheese is made by Hidden Springs Creamery, located near Westby, Wisconsin. In fact, Hidden Springs produces lovely sheep milk cheeses, and some other mixed-milk offerings. Consequently, Brenda and Dean Jensen run Hidden Springs Creamery, which started with a herd of 50 dairy sheep. Now they make eight cheeses, and milk a lot more sheep. They sell everything from Driftless, a fresh cheese similar to Chevre, to this hard, Spanish-style Manchego cheese.
“It started with a small herd of 50 dairy sheep and my husband Dean dragging me to sheep dairy co-op meetings. I thought he was crazy and I was right. Soon after we started milking, I realized our sheep’s milk was something very special and maybe we ought to be making cheese.” -Brenda Jensen